Unfolding the secrets of {A}yurveda
Learning Sanskrit with the {a}zwANgahfdaya

  • US103S
  • This course offers students the opportunity to learn Sanskrit in pure Pāṇinian style specifically to read {A}yurveda texts in Sanskrit. It starts with training in the basic pronunciation of Sanskrit sounds as described in the traditional grammatical texts, and proceeds in sequence to teach nominal declension, verbal conjugation, sanDi and kAraka using traditional grammatical terms and methods so that students can identify forms in the verse, dissolve sandhi and construe the syntax of the verse. The course aims to make students independent in understanding the basic Sanskrit texts of {A}yurveda. The course helps students to understand the traditional commentaries on {A}yurveda texts. The text selected for this course is the {a}zwANgahfdaya.
  • Instructor: Tanuja P. Ajotikar.
  • Schedule: 14 June–30 August 2021.
  • Course meeting times: Monday and Friday 8–9am U.S. Central Time (IST 6:30–7:30pm; AWST 9–10pm).
  • Course fee: $1200.
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Topic no. Class Topic
1 1–2 Reading and pronunciation: developing ease in reading {A}yurveda texts in Sanskrit.
2 3–5 Sandhi: unfolding word boundaries.
3 6–12 Nominal declension: the fundamental tool for understanding nouns and adjectives that will ultimately help understand plant, disease, and remedy names.
3 13–17 Verbal conjugation: fundamental knowledge to understand the construction of a sentence.
5 18–22 kAraka: developing the ability to understand and translate texts independently.